The Acropolis & the New Acropolis Museum
Today’s excursion offers an excellent overview of some of Athens’ most renowned landmarks, including the Olympic Stadium and the Parliament Building. Visits to the iconic Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum afford an even deeper appreciation for this storied city.
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Depart the pier by motor coach, enjoying a city survey en route to the Acropolis. See the Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896 and returned to great fanfare in 2004.
Also encounter the Parliament Building, which stands proudly on Constitution Square. Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Mansion is the ceremonial unit known as the Evzones. Dressed in their distinctive uniform sporting a kilt-like fustanella, along with white stockings, black tasseled knee garters, red leather shoes with black pompoms and a red cap with long, black tassel, the guards are quite a sight. During the changing of the guards—second in popularity only to the one at London’s Buckingham Palace—a highly stylized sequence of movements transfixes onlookers.
After about one hour of sightseeing, arrive at the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. Climb its smooth, marble steps and allow history to open up before you as you reach one of the masterpieces of Classical architecture, the Propylaea, which serves as the entrance to the complex. Marvel at the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as Wingless Victory, and the Erechtheum, with its Classical “Porch of Maidens,” called the Caryatids. Stand in awe of what is considered one of the finest examples of Classical architecture in the world, the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and, at one time, housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess.
Looking down from the Acropolis, glimpse two ancient theaters in its shadow—the Greek theater of Dionysus, where the masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes debuted to delighted audiences, and the restored Roman theater of Herod Atticus, today host to concerts and classical plays during the summer Athens Festival.
Next, explore the New Acropolis Museum, an archaeological museum founded in 2003 to house findings unearthed at the Acropolis. Its priceless treasures represent a wide span of time, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum opened to the public on June 21, 2009 and displays nearly 4,000 artifacts exhibited over an area of more than 150,000 square feet.
Following your inspection of the museum’s exhibits, enjoy free time at the pedestrianized Acropolis area.
Then it will be time to leave ancient Greece and return to a wonder of modern times, your Crystal ship.
Guests must be a minimum of 8 years of age in order to participate. As this excursion involves extensive walking and stair climbing, it is suitable only for our more agile guests who are physically fit. Steps at the Acropolis may be slippery. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.